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Egon Schiele : drawings and watercolors
Kallir, Jane.
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London ; New York : Thames & Hudson, [2003]

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493 pages : color illustrations ; 24 cm
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NC245.S34 K353 2003 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area

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Schiele's oils have often been reproduced and are well recognized. However, limited access to the fragile works on paper and dispersion among several collections have made for an unbalanced representation of his work as a draftsman.

This book assembles drawings and watercolors from public and private collections and reproduces work from every year of the artist's career, beginning with the juvenilia and early academic studies. The focus means that work that is rarely reproduced is represented extensively, providing a unique opportunity to study the rapid artistic development of Schiele over the course of his brief twelve-year career.

The book is organized chronologically and divided into year-by-year sections. Each section includes a text that discusses the major events in Schiele's life and the interrelation between the artist's drawing and developments in his oil painting. Features a previously unpublished Schiele watercolor and several works that have never been reproduced in color.

Author Notes

Jane Kallir is the co-director of the Galerie St. Etienne in New York. She lectures widely and has curated exhibitions of Schiele's work throughout the world. In 2001-2002, she organized "Gustav Klimt/Oskar Kokoschka/Egon Schiele" in rome and Trieste
Ivan Vartanian is the author of Andy Warhol: Drawings and Illustrations of the 1950s; Now Loading ...: The Aesthetics of Web Graphics; and TypoGraphics

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Publisher's Weekly Review

Co-director of the Galerie St. Etienne in New York, Kallir takes the reader through Schiele's incredibly fast development as a figurative artist of explosive sexuality, ending with his death at age 28 during the 1918 flu epidemic. More than 300 full-color, full-page plates carry titles, dates and physical descriptoins at the bottom of each page ("Standing Nude with Orange Stockings. 1914"), but the book itself is small for an art book, about the size of a typical hardcover novel, which makes turning the pages feel like reading the story of Schiele's life, a life inseparable from the decline of decadent, WWI-era Vienna. Richard Avedon has written a short foreword, and in his introduction Vartanian (Andy Warhol: Drawings and Illustrations of the 1950s) makes a plea for the reader to interpret Schiele's vision of sexuality as a kind of sacred message. After a "Biographical and Stylistic Study" by Kallir, 11 chapters covering one year each follow, with an essay introducing an uninterrupted arrangement of each year's images. Schiele's fleet, obsessive, searching work on paper includes beautifully colored landscapes, flowers and clothed figures, and his nudes retain a vital and unflinching immediacy that is perhaps even more clear here than in the paintings. The book deepens one's appreciation of a very overexposed artist's achievement-a difficult feat indeed. (July) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

Library Journal Review

Egon Schiele was a sometimes scandalous Austrian artist whose early death in 1918 at age 28 ended a short but prolific career as a draftsman and painter. Kallir is a gallery owner who deals in works by Schiele. In this compendium, over 300 drawings and watercolors, most depicting a single human figure, are reproduced in full-page color format. The artwork and the accompanying biographical text are organized into a detailed, year-by-year presentation of Schiele's artistic development. Many volumes of Schiele's work have been published over the last 30 years, and this one cannot be said to break new ground. But it is an affordable and attractive presentation of an important aspect of Schiele's art. Kallir has also written Egon Schiele: The Complete Works, which includes a catalogue raisonn?, but the present, more modest volume will be a good addition for public and academic libraries.-Kathryn Wekselman, M.Ln., Cincinnati (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Choice Review

Schiele's type of expressionism and subject matter have always remained popular. When he died in 1918 at age 28 he had produced an enormous amount of work, about 300 oils and more than 2,000 watercolors and drawings. A vast Schiele bibliography has developed. Kallir is an authority on Schiele, having written several works on fin de siecle and early-20th-century Vienna, its art scene, and Schiele in particular, including Egon Schiele: The Complete Works, the catalogue raisonne of his work (1990, expanded 1998). The present volume is introduced by graphic arts expert Vartanian, founder of Galiga Books. Scholars often recycle their past work and shuffle their scholarly insights in new ways like cards in a card deck. This interpretive biography does not present anything new. The reviewer did not found any previously unlisted drawing in this book; it is dependent on Kallir's previously published work. The absence of a selected bibliography and references for the citations makes the volume unsuitable for students unless used in combination with the catalogue raisonne. The illustrations, many of them in color, are of fine quality in spite of their size. ^BSumming Up: Optional. General readers; lower-division undergraduates through graduate students. E. E. Hirshler emeritus, Denison University

Table of Contents

Richard AvedonIvan Vartanian
Forewordp. 5
Introductionp. 8
A Biographical and Stylistic StudyJane Kallir
Early Years Through 1907p. 12
Years 1908-1909p. 42
Year 1910p. 70
Year 1911p. 136
Year 1912p. 188
Year 1913p. 222
Year 1914p. 272
Year 1915p. 322
Year 1916p. 356
Year 1917p. 384
Year 1918p. 438